UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and Advisory Services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
This position is located in the West Asia Office in Beirut Duty Station, Lebanon. Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and technical guidance and support from the Ecosystem's Division, the incumbent will, within delegated authority be responsible for the following duties: Responsibilities
1) POLICY - Serves as Senior Policy Officer, advises UNEP and particularly the Coordinator for Ecosystems and Biodiversity on overall policy direction and country needs in the region that require UNEP's attention; Serves as primary UNEP's focal point in the region on Capacity Building and access to technology in the area of ecosystems and biodiversity and keep abreast of analyses and reports on the latest developments related to these areas; Liaise with other UN specialized agencies, local non-governmental organizations, representatives and officials in national governments, international organizations, national research institutes and relevant conventions; Prepares strategies on the environmental aspects of UNEP's regional work related to the management of ecosystems and biodiversity protection; Organizes follow-up work in the region, including -technical review meetings to support policy development work and decision-making on important issues; Ensures the implementation of recommendation emanating from relevant reports.
2) COORDINATION - Coordinates the regional input into UNEP's programming related to capacity building support and access to technology related to Ecosystems Management and biodiversity protection; ensures support (e.g., staff, funding, specialized equipment and supplies); Prepares situation reports to the international community; Coordinates UNEP's work in the region in collaboration with relevant UNEP Division(s) and the Coordinator for the ecosystems management and biodiversity protection, and oversee UNEP's efforts to help countries build capacity, facilitate access to related technologies and put in place the enabling policy frameworks and economic instruments that maximize their abilities to manage ecosystems for climate mitigation, adaptation gains, biodiversity protection, habitat restoration and species resiliency; Develop region and country-specific recommendations based on the Analysis of pertinent information; Facilitates a coordinated approach in the region in the area of capacity building and technology transfer for ecosystems management and biodiversity protection and assists in the integration of an ecosystem approach in the development and implementation of national and regional development strategies within the UN system for international assistance; Advises on proper use and spending of related donor contributions, channeled through UN system-wide efforts; Ensures appropriate monitoring and reporting on UNEP's role in capacity building and access to technology within the region.
3) PARTNERSHIPS - Establishes and maintains contacts with counterparts, senior officers and technical staff in relevant Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes, relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and other UN specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments and international organizations, local non-governmental organizations and national research institutes; Ensures appropriate mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information both in and outside of the UN system as it relates to ecosystems and biodiversity related matters; Organizes and participates in relevant work groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on issues related to ecosystems and biodiversity; Establishes strong partnership with UN sister agencies and MEA secretariat focal points in the region, external partners to leverage capacity building support and facilitate access to technology on biodiversity related issues, particularly with and in support of biodiversity-related MEAs such as the United Nations Conventions on the Ramsar Convention and the Regional Seas Conventions, among others.
4) Performs other related duties.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of, and ability to apply rules, regulations and procedures in the UN environment. Knowledge, skills and ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data across the full range of finance and budget functions, including programme development and database management, claims and treasury operations. Ability to identify and resolve data discrepancies and operational problems. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in environment, development or project management, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management is required.
Experience in ecosystems management is desirable.
Experience in environmental management is desirable.
Experience in environmental policy and implementation is desirable.
Experience in large multinational organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is required, Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
NOTE: 'Fluency' equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and 'Knowledge of' equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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